Hawaii County Fair Opens in Hilo this Weekend – Check Out the Kamehameha Schools Booth

Media Release:

As the 60th annual Hawai`i County Fair opens in Hilo this weekend, island residents are encouraged to visit the Kamehameha Schools booth located in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. On every day of the four-day fair, a variety of farmers and ranchers who lease agricultural lands from Kamehameha Schools will take center stage providing tasty Hawai`i-grown samplings and products for sale.

Featured participants include Hawaii Beef Producers from Pa`auilo. Best known for their grass-fed cattle grown antibiotic and hormone free, Hawaii Beef Producers will be serving samples of savory beef stew and fair goers will have the opportunity to buy fresh meat rancher direct.

Hawaiian Pineapple Company, one of Hawai`i’s few remaining pineapple producers, is best known for their premium field ripened pineapple and sweet apple banana.  Most recently, however, they have been experimenting with cacao.  Come indulge in their newest chocolate creations which will be featured at the Kamehameha Schools booth, along with their apple banana, on Friday evening.

Stop by the KS booth on Saturday to taste delicious treats from Kona Dragon Fruit Inc., farming dragon fruit and mango on 19 acres of KS lands in South Kona, and Hawaii Island Gourmet Products, known to many for their signature Atebara potato chips. This Hilo-based company is much loved for their taro, sweet potato and shrimp chips and their mouthwatering cookies.

“We like supporting Hawai`i Island diversified agriculture,” said Clyde Oshiro who, with son-in-law Nimr Tamimi, formed Hawaii Island Gourmet Products in 2002 after purchasing Atebara. “We’re growing taro and sweet potato of our own on a few acres leased from Kamehameha Schools on the Hilo coast.”

On Sunday, enjoy samples courtesy of The Kona Coffee and Tea Company, winner of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s 2009 Gevalia Cupping Contest.  This family owned and operated company will impress you with their specialty 100% Kona coffee.  The Private Reserve and Malia Ohana roasts will also be available for sample and purchase.

Island-wide there are roughly 800 Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants farming a variety of crops that help sustain local agriculture and support the educational mission.

As part of the land legacy endowed by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools stewards about 180,000 acres of agricultural lands statewide. On Hawai`i Island alone, more than 72,000 acres of high-value agricultural lands support a reliable food source, local jobs and a sustainable future for all of Hawai`i, and serves the educational mission established through the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

For more information on how to support local farmers or to view a list of Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants with commercial businesses, visit www.ksbe.edu/land.

Wordless Wednesday – The Red Bull Media Pass and Signature Cards from the 2010 Cliff Diving Championships

I was honored to be given a media pass at the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship World Series that ended in Hilo, Hawaii this year.  I realized that I took over 850 pictures of the event.  I wonder what the percentage of them had a Red Bull Logo in them?

So here is the “Media Pass” they gave me:

The staff of Red Bull had the same pass except it said Staff instead of Media

On the final day after the Cliff Divers had finished getting their awards they started giving out packs of cards for folks to get autographs of the divers that looked like this.

The top one is what it looked like on the front of the cards

I didn’t want to put the signature on these cards like everyone else… I wanted something a bit more memorable so I had them sign the back of my Media Pass!

I got all 12 divers to sign it!

I had a great weekend and I’ll never forget it.  I sure hope they make a decision to come back here again some day.

The Big Island very rarely gets events like these.

Peace Day Festival Schedule for This Week


Peace Film Series, Honokaa Peoples Theater.  6:30-9:00pm  $2 per person ($1 to help cover HPT costs, $1 donation to Carteret Islands Project)

See the film that started it all, “The Day After Peace,” award-winning feature length documentary by Jeremy Gilley who started the global movement to establish the United Nations International Day of Peacehttp://www.peaceoneday.org/

PLUS special talk-story presentation about Kilinailau (Carteret) Islands.  Learn about the Earth’s first “environmental refugees” from Steve and Jacinta Hanks, whose family is living there, along with 2,000 indigenous people who must relocate before their home is inundated by the ocean in 2015 or before.

Then, screening of the film “Sun Come Up,” telling the Islanders’ story, courtesy of filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger.

SATURDAY, September 18

10am-3pm  “Open Farm” at Mauna Kea Tea Company–partnering with Peace Day Parade in Honokaa to promote peace through tea.  We will have a garden walk with focus on cultivating inner peace with natural farming and tea.  http://www.maunakeatea.com/home

1-3pm  Open to everybody!  Poetry slam workshop by Youth Speaks Hawaii at NHERC!  Be inspired by the two-time International champions and discover your inner poet in this freestyle, energy-charged creative form of expression.  http://youthspeakshawaii.wordpress.com/ Free.

“Art4Peace” We are working with Mar Ortaleza, with the Abled Hawaii Arts (aha!) group, to present afree Chalk Art event at the Botelho Building Saturday afternoon.  Chalks, encouragement and applause provided free — a great expression for all ages.  http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/aha/events/09192009/ Free.

5-7pm, A Real Poetry Slam at Feel My Bean.  Mahalo, Feel My Bean, for making space available for our new poetry slam poets and seasoned slammers from Youth Speaks Hawaii!  Menu available – please come and support our poets and our hosts!  PLUS, a special appearance and booksigning by Capt. Paul K. Chappell, internationally known speaker, author, peace activist and US veteran. Archbishop Tutu says, “Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier…The End of War can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it.”

You won’t want to miss this one of a kind opportunity.  http://www.paulkchappell.com/


11:00am  The Parade!  Stepping off from Honoka’a High School, along Mamane Street and up to the County Sports Complex.  Various stops and performances at narrator stands along the route.

12:00 noon  Peace Day Festival.  Honokaa Sports Complex.  Numerous food booths, crafts and community groups, live entertainment onstage, plus a large community Bon Dance, ringing of the Peace Bell and release of doves.  Large silent auction to benefit the Peace Committee.